By: Thembo Kahungu Misairi
Kasese: The High Court sitting in Kasese District has convicted a 30-year-old man for murder and sentenced him to 45 years in jail. Court presided over by Justice Akiiki Kiiza found Thomas Busara guilty of killing his mother, Faith Biira and his sister-in-law Rosette Masika.
Prosecution told the court that on April 27, 2012, while at Kaghando village in Maliba Sub-county, Busara used a panga and an axe to kill his mother and his brother’s wife after picking a domestic quarrel with them.
Prosecution told the court that after killing the two, the accused remained at the scene saying he has “finished all his enemies.” He was later arrested by police.
In his ruling, the judge said prosecution through the four witnesses in the trial had proved beyond reasonable doubt that Busara committed the crime. “It is the work of the prosecution to prove to court that the accused committed the crime. In this case, I find that the prosecution has proved beyond reasonable doubt that the suspect murdered these people. I therefore find him guilty and convict him accordingly,” Justice Kiiza ruled.
The Kasese Resident State Attorney, Mr Noah Kumya, urged the court to sentence the convict to death as a deterrent saying that such cases were on the increase in the district. But defence lawyer Solomon Orono of the Uganda Christian Lawyers fraternity prayed for a lenient sentence because the accused was a first offender.
The convict confessed that he killed the two women out of ignorance and prayed for mercy from court. However, Justice Kiiza ruled that murder is a serious offence because it takes away the victim’s life. “Murder is a serious offence. Murderers show no mercy to the victims. I sentence you to 45 years on count one and 35 years on count two. You will serve both sentences concurrently,” said Justice Akiiki.